Have your say on plans to cut more bus services

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Cheshire East Council has launched a 10-week consultation into proposed cuts to the subsidised bus services.

Cabinet approved the proposals for consultation at their meeting on Thursday 9th May, in order to save more than £1.5m - which represents a 43% saving on the current annual supported bus service budget.

The proposed changes include reducing the 88 Knutsford to Wilmslow to Altrincham bus from a half hourly to an hourly service, with all journeys serving Morley Green (currently Morley Green is served every hour rather than half hourly like Bank Square and Wilmslow Rail Station).

Additionally the Council is proposing to cut support for the 200 service from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport which passes through Styal.

The rationale for this recommendation is stated as "This service currently runs at a relatively high level of subsidy per passenger due to low volumes of passengers using the service. The service provides a link between Wilmslow, Styal and Manchester Airport between which rail alternatives are available."

The Council is also proposing to discontinue running buses on evenings and Sundays, as these are the least used of the subsidised services.

This would result in cutting support for the Sunday 130 service which travels Macclesfield to Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Manchester. The 130 weekday daytime services are provided commercially so they have not been considered as part of the Supported Bus Service Review.

The 2017/18 supported bus service budget is £3.641m. The proposals would enable savings of £1.576m to be made in 2018/19 so the supported bus service budget could be reduced to £2.065m.

Cheshire East now urges the public to come forward and have their say.

The consultation starts today (Thursday, 18th May) and the public can give their views online and on paper-based surveys which are available at libraries.

The Council says all opinions are welcome on the consultation process, whether they come from shift workers, local businesses or people who use buses in their leisure time. Cheshire East also encourages members of the public who don't use buses to engage with the consultation.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "Changing the way services operate is always a very complex issue.

"Naturally the council wants to weigh up the needs of all our service users for such an important consultation, so we are determined to take every possible opportunity to get the message that we want to hear your opinions out there.

"We will still be investing more than £2m in subsidised bus services."

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Alan R Davies
Thursday 18th May 2017 at 8:52 am
I would be interested to know the opinions of the General Election candidates towards these proposals.
Stephen Justice
Thursday 18th May 2017 at 11:07 pm
I'm assuming the cuts are after considering demand and revenue from the routes concerned?

If so, then should anybody be unhappy with the proposals, I suggest they go out and get on the buses and show the service is viable.

That of course is assuming that the council tax is levied to provide required services to the tax payers and not as a charitable donation.
George Marshall
Friday 19th May 2017 at 1:26 pm
It's not surprising really at the prices they charge. £7.50 for a return to wilmslow. £2.30 on the train. It's really only elderly folk with buss passes that use the service, at least people getting on at Alderney anyway.

Its time a single bus operator e.g TFGM was found for the Manchester commuter belt with fees by zone with top-up cards for both busses & trams akin to TFL in London. Believe it or not, busses down south won't even accept cash anymore, its oyster or nothing. We're still living in the past up here!

http://bit.ly/1FLzQ5t As an example. Simple, user friendly, works for an entire region. Rather than the faff of first finding the correct operator then finding the route map to correspond with the timetable.

Maybe then there would be demand & further usage across the entire region. Get it sorted!
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 8:00 pm
I use the 38 from Gawsworth to Crewe and Macclesfield. Mainly in the evening coming back from Manchester and London. The present proposal has last bus from Macclesfield at 1715hrs, much too early for connection from Manchester. We need to encourage more travel by bus rather than giving in to financial cuts and pushing more people into cars.
Charlie Gaughan
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 9:57 pm
There's buses

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